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  1. The 1966 Violin Summit

    Recently, the 1966 Violin Summit came to mind. I'm not big on violin, but this is an excellent session and deserves to be better-known. You don't hear about it much. It features Stéphane Grapelly, Svend Asmussen (from Denmark), Stuff Smith and that French sensation of the electric violin, Jean-Luc Ponty. They program most of it with only two at a time. It is all very enjoyable, but Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, on bass, steals the show, especially on "It Don't Mean A Thing". He is recorded high up in the mix. Kenny Drew is on piano, and Alex Riel is on drums. It is from a festival in Switzerland (I don't remember where), on September 30, 1966. It came out on the MPS label. I hope you are able to hear it. There are some details here

    This could well have Cal Tjader on drums.
  3. Donde Esta, Bev Stapleton?

    I just read this, and got a shock, because I did see four of these eight: Rushing, Hodges, Desmond and Kirk.
  4. Any download site that wants to be regarded as decent MUST offer downloads in WAV or CDA format, not just mp3 (and especially not 192 mp3!!). However, I DJ house (music) and mostly, one has to download those in 320 mp3. Those come across well through loud sound systems, to be honest, but jazz deserves better than mp3. Imagine the new Mobley Mosaic set in mp3.
  5. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Further thoughts on Andrew Hill at the October 63 session. He was only just coming into the ken of Afred Lion and Frank Wolff, and probably felt that he should play conventionally, as much as he could . As most of you may know, Alfred and Frank became fascinated with him and let him play what he wanted. So, we got the quartet session with Joe Henderson, and then the dam burst open with that session with the two basses. He was going full-bore by then. Then we have the lovely quartet album with Bobby Hutcherson and Elvin Jones (I love "Siete Ocho", in 7/4), and then, ..., that masterpiece, "Point Of Departure". I have the Mosaic set and several other Hill sessions, but I 've never bothered with them, apart from the session with Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson (which I had on a double LP in the mid-70s), and "Grass Roots" stands out. It benefits from Ron Carter's lovely sound. An album along those lines would indeed have been nice: with (as you said, Tom) Hank Mobley, or Stanley Turrentine, or other tenor players.
  6. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Tom, that's an excellent post. Bulletin board at its best. I hasten to add that I'm a big fan of Freddie Hubbard. "Ready For Freddie" is my favorite of his albums. I have a great pic of Lee and Hank sharing a joke at a club table, each holding his horn, but I can't post it here. There are, of course, plenty of recorded examples of them together. It IS an apparently odd choice, to have Andrew Hill at the October, 1963 session, but he "behaves himself", and it works. Of course, having Philly Joe kicking you along, and Lee on trumpet, helps. I vividly remember the time, in the late 60s, when a friend brought new LPs of Andrew Hill around: "Judgment" and "Point Of Departure". I was very impressed. I was very surprised to see Kenny Dorham on what was an experimental album, having only heard him on late 40s air-shots with Bird. (I was young at the time, and knew nothing of Kenny's post-Bird recordings.) It certainly worked, of course. A later, perhaps unexpected, pairing is Harold Land with Bobby Hutcherson. The mislabeled track to which I referred is the very long one, 10:59 as I recall. That is the only sure way to specify it. Simple error when the original compositions were registered. ("Bumstead! You're fired!)
  7. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Continuing with comments about the three CDs, I felt that the RVG mastering is quite reasonable. The McMaster does not compare well with the RVG: the bass is too "boomy", but it can be rolled off, and it will do. To me, Freddie Hubbard was not the right fit for Hank's style and Lee Morgan works better. Hank's intonation is normally spot on, but he's sharp on "The Good Life" - pull the mouthpiece off about 1/8", man. The titles are wrong on the July 17, 1966 session. We are presented with tk 3 Straight, No Filter, tk 14 Chain Reaction, tk 15 Soft Impressions The item labeled "Chain Reaction" is obviously "Soft Impressions". The melody of "Impressions" is actually quoted. So, the other two titles need to be linked to takes 3 and 15. I have no way of knowing which is which. I doubt that McCoy Tyner would remember, it having been recorded so long ago.
  8. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    The remastering there is about 75% RVG and 25% McMaster.
  9. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    This discussion of these three CDs prompted me to get my 2CD transfer of the material into recording order. Like (I guess) many here, I played them when I got them and then they got forgotten, with all the stuff that's come out since then. Naturally, I jumped first to "Me 'N' You", which is being treated to a new take. It is "Sidewinder #7", a pleasant track. It kinda masks Philly Joe, and I couldn't wait to go to the tracks where he plays normally. Anyway, everything I had time for today sounded great all round. It was good to hear Hank on these sessions again: he was in great form.
  10. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    I got those three CDs when they came out and have never played them as is. I rearranged them in the order in which they were recorded, on two CDs. There were reasons for the track lineups on the original LPs, but today we have no need to adhere to them. I much prefer to hear tracks by the same guys gathered together. In case anyone doesn't know, Michael Cuscuna got a lot of flak when, in the early CD days, he put the alternate takes together, rather than sticking them at the ends of CDs.
  11. Controversial Food Opinions

    Louisiana is the only place in America (apart from very large cities, with ethnic food) where you can get away from the bland chain restaurants and not have to pay a fortune. I love the crawfish gumbo and crawfish étouffé at Ralph's and Kakoo's. Ah garontee. And I disagee about soy.
  12. The bass clarinet

    Yes. An Eb drainpipe, lol. They also slowed the "octocontra-alto" audio down, to simulate the Bb "octocontrabass" instrument, of which no audio exists. You can count the vibrations of the lowest notes. These instruments sound best when blended with higher ones; the same applies to the contrabass saxophone. I was terrified when I saw a picture of a contrabass clarinet with "simple system" (very primitive) keywork in a book about woodwind.
  13. Controversial Food Opinions

    Just so's you know: Tofu is made from soy, which is "an industrial poison".
  14. Joh Coltrane private jan 1958

    Maybe they could get Ron McMaster to work on it.
  15. Does Oscar Peterson get a bad rap?

    I really must post this link to Oscar with Milt Jackson, Nils-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen and Martin Drew. It is a lovely performance all round. Martin Drew is perhaps not known to you. He is a fine drummer. I saw him at Ronnie Scott's in London, backing Zoot Sims, and recommended him to Oscar when I met him. Enjoy.
  16. I can beat Larry for the year in which I started playing jazz records: 1952. My Dad let me play his 78s on a "windup" phonograph. He had a lot of Fats Waller, as well as Billie Holiday, Jack Teagarden, Bing Crosby and others. My favorite was Fats Waller. We even had a 12" 78 by him: "Mopping And Bopping". I also remember Nat Cole on the radio.
  17. Controversial Food Opinions

    My remark was tongue-in-cheek. Years ago, I posted on here that I like Waffle House, and was greeted by "Ewwwww!".
  18. Miles on Columbia

    I have all of those sets. The disks were so hard to remove that they came out once and never went back in. They should have included the first version of "Billy Boy". Everyone and his dog knows the version on the "Milestones" album. It would be interesting to hear an alternate.
  19. Controversial Food Opinions

    I'm gonna make you all mad now, because I am very fond of Waffle House. Not for waffles, though they make good ones. That name is misleading. It is a Southern grub place, of course. They have an excellent country ham, and, back in the 90s, when America was suffering under battery acid coffee (Maxwell House, Folgers and all the others in the 3 lb tins), Waffle House's coffee was quite decent.
  20. Sorry, folks. I mixed up "The Congregation" with "A Blowing Session". My apologies. Neither album is near the top of my shopping list. I also dislike the Andy Warhol covers. Give me Frank Wolff and Reid Miles.
  21. Keith is great. I love the long solos he recorded in the mid 70s, and his solo on "My Secret Love" on Art Blakey's "Buttercorn Lady" album is amazing.
  22. I appreciate what you say, Felser, but I have heard plenty of Johnny Griffin, and I have a good knowledge of the era. I just felt that it sounds like a blowing session for three tenor saxophonists and I didn't think it would be anything out of the ordinary. I've never heard anyone say anything about it until this thread came up. Mind you, I do like Gene Ammons with Sonny Stitt, especially the Verve "Boss Tenors" album. But two is enough.
  23. Controversial Food Opinions

    Re pizzas, the British have the gall to put corn on some of them. Ewww, utterly disgusting.
  24. Is the album worth a spin? I never bothered to chase it up.
  25. Does Oscar Peterson get a bad rap?

    I agree with what Chuck said in post #2. Oscar was an amazing player, of course, but most times, for me, a bore. There are some good moments in the "Exclusively For My Friends" series, from the 60s. The best I heard was his Limelight "Canadiana Suite", but the beautiful, elaborate cover outclassed the music. He was ideal for Norman Granz's 50s showcases for Bird, Prez etc. I'm sure that the soloists would have been pleased when told that Oscar would be on piano. The word "fuctional" comes to mind.